SOUTH DAKOTA, OCTOBER 3-7 2018
Join Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop on a hosted fly fishing trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota from Oct. 3-7. Not only are the Black Hills famous for their scenic beauty, motorcycle rallies, and giant presidents- they are also home to some of the least pressured trout fishing in the lower 48! After this trip, you may wonder why anyone would venture further west for trout fishing. You get three full-days of guided fishing, four-nights lodging at a luxurious cabin, including all meals, beverages, and transportation once at the cabin for just $1200 per person.
You can expect to fish in medium-sized streams with crystal clear water, surrounded by limestone and granite canyons. The streams vary in character from fast-paced pocket water to meandering riffle-run-pools. They are generally easy to access, following roads or well-worn trails. Early October weather is often mild to cool, with many of the trees turning red and gold on the mountain sides. Fish will readily be eating nymphs, streamers, and terrestrials. We have handpicked the top three streams in the Hills: Spearfish, Rapid, and Whitewood Creeks. These streams have large populations of wild brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Because of such low fishing pressure in the area, there’s also great potential for catching large trout in these small waters. BMFS guides and hosts, Evan Griggs and Bret Oeltjenbruns, will be partnering with, Cody Green, guide for Dakota Angler and Outfitter. This line up of experienced guides creates the A-team for your Black Hills fly fishing experience. They are fun-loving, detail-oriented, patient, and extensively knowledgeable of the area. Evan guided for two years with Dakota Angler and Outfitter while he attended college in Spearfish, SD. Bret first started fly fishing on Rapid Creek over five years ago, and has been lucky enough to catch multiple trout over 24” there. He now fishes in the Hills at least twice a year when he visits his relatives in Rapid City.
We welcome all skill levels of anglers and are willing to help coach casting and water reading while fishing. However, we do encourage novice anglers to practice casting, water reading, and knot tying before the trip. BMFS guides, Evan and Bret, will be taking groups of three, so anglers should be prepared to do a little fishing and exploring on their own. All flies, indicators, and leaders/tippets will be provided. Please bring your SD fishing license, waders and boots (rubber soles only), 8’-9’ 5wt rods, reels with floating line, polarized sunglasses, water bottle, and cool weather clothing. Optional items you may want to bring are a wading staff, camera, fishing pack, and anything else that helps make fishing easier for you.
We will be staying at a luxurious, modern, and fully furnished cabin outside of Lead, SD. Your hosts will provide all meals and beverages during your stay. Please let your hosts know of any dietary restrictions ahead of the trip. You can enjoy all the amenities of home while overlooking the rolling Black Hills. Some of the basic amenities included are wifi, cable TV, towels and linens, fireplace, hot tub, full kitchens, and even laundry machines! The cabin sleeps up to ten people. Some bedrooms have one bed, while others have multiple beds. We will also be sharing 3 full bathrooms. Your hosts will accommodate room options so everyone is comfortable. Our group will be small, maxed at eight participants. This allows for a client-to-guide ratio of at most 3:1, leaves the streams uncrowded, and creates an easy-going atmosphere with other adventure-minded anglers. All you need to bring is your personal effects, fishing gear, and toiletries. Your hosts will cover the rest!
There are two easy ways to get to the cabin: a 10-hour drive from Minneapolis, or a 1.5 hour flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) to Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP). If you choose to fly, one of the hosts will meet you at RAP and give you a ride to the cabin. Once at the cabin, your hosts will drive you to and from all the streams which are all 20-50 minutes away. The plan is to have everyone arrive in the afternoon/evening at the cabin on Wednesday Oct. 3rd. From Thursday Oct. 4 to Saturday Oct. 6, we will split into small groups and spend a full day on each of the streams. Sunday Oct. 7 is flexible depending on people’s schedules. We could fish in the morning on Spearfish or Rapid Creeks as they flow through their respective towns of Spearfish or Rapid City, SD.
For just $1200 per person, you get three full-days of guided fishing, four-nights lodging, all meals, beverages, and transportation while at the cabin included. Most fly anglers have never considered the Black Hills as a fishing destination- until now! Let us introduce you to this area steeped in natural beauty, folklore, and unparalleled fly fishing.
Please call Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop to reserve your spot by September 1st. A ½ down deposit is due at time of booking, the other half to be paid by Oct. 1st. Deposit is refundable if canceled before Sept 15th.
To reserve your spot, please call Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop by September 1st: (651)-770-5854
For specific trip questions, contact Evan Griggs: firstname.lastname@example.org, (952) 261-2672